Our Stories

Read the latest news from our campaigns and programs featuring stories and insights directly from our network of community members, giving circle organizers, AAPIP members and philanthropic allies.

Noelle Ito Receives White House "Champion of Change" Award

Wed, 2012-08-15

Noelle Ito, AAPIP Director of Community Philanthropy, received a White House "Champion of Change" award on August 17, 2012 as part of President Barack Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Honorees are selected by the White House Office of Public Engagement, in partnership with AmeriCorp Alumni and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Noelle served with the AmeriCorp National Youth Service Project in Washington DC at the beginning of her career in the public interest.

Part 2: Civic Engagement Fund Critical Collaboration Series

Wed, 2012-08-15
Kathy Reich, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Thanks to all of you for inviting me to the CEF convening. I truly appreciated the opportunity to get to know you in a relaxed, candid, and open environment. I learned (or re-learned) a few very valuable lessons from our time together.

Summer DREAMs

Tue, 2012-08-14
Hertz Alegrio, Queer Dream Summer Intern at API Equality Los Angeles

Summer may only be three months long, but a lot can happen during this spirited season... What I know for sure is that this summer has been life-changing for me and the 1.4 million young undocumented Americans who will benefit from Deferred Action.

We Are Everywhere: Connecting the Dots of Social Justice Movement

Thu, 2012-08-09
Alice Y. Hom, Director, Queer Justice Fund

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) AAPI (Asian American/Pacific Islander) people have always participated in diverse social justice movements but we have not always been openly gay and/or visible as racialized and gendered people in these movements.

Identities Clashing

Thu, 2012-08-09
Catherine Eusebio, 2012 DREAM Summer Intern

A clashing of identities was a common theme from the participants of the conference. Many people expressed that they had to fully leave behind their ethnic or religious self because it was at odds with their queer identity. It was uplifting, however, to hear someone say, “We do this [social justice oriented] work to heal ourselves so that we no longer have to exist as fragmented people."

I Know How It Feels to Be Judged For Being Different

Thu, 2012-08-09
Steve Li, 2012 DREAM Summer Intern

Attending the 2012 NQAPIA conference was truly a privilege, being able to share a space with many individuals who identified themselves as LGBTQ API. Never have I seen so many come together from different generations to work for social change in the LQBTQ API community.

The Power of Dreamers

Wed, 2012-08-08
Timothy P. Silard, President, Rosenberg Foundation

Last month, dozens of youth and advocates gathered for a reception to welcome the Northern California participants of the 2012 Dream Summer program. Organized by the UCLA Labor Center and now in its second year, Dream Summer builds the capacity and leadership of Dream youth by connecting them to full-time internships with social justice and labor organizations like AAPIP, CHIRLA and Asian Law Caucus.

Asian American, Undocumented and Unafraid

Wed, 2012-08-08
Cynthia Choi, Deputy Director, AAPIP

I first met Catherine Eusebio nearly a year ago when she spoke at an AAPIP convening in September 2011 which highlighted Asian American undocumented students. At that convening, alongside fellow DREAM students Ju Hong and David Cho, she spoke eloquently about her personal journey from being afraid, ashamed and angry, to becoming a powerful leader in the immigrant youth movement.